Miss Fit’s teammate and guest blogger, Renae Corman, shares the story of her first powerlifting meet.
Training for my first powerlifting meet was intimidating at times. It was difficult watching women much smaller than me lift more than I can, which really got in my head some days. One day in particular, I was near tears feeling overwhelmed and way out of my league. Funny how Jim senses that, as he caught me before I left and wanted to know what was on my mind. I tried to blow it off but he knew. He knew I was afraid I would be the weakest one on the team and that bothered me…A LOT! His reassurance kept me going and he kept telling me “this is for fun”. Ha! That was a joke! This was intimidating as hell and I wanted to quit and run! Jim said “Renae, would you have ever done this or even thought about doing this?” My answer was no and he said “Then you’ve already won the battle and the rest is the fun part”. He was right; I had already won, and I was gonna do the best I could possibly do at the meet!
The day of the meet I was full of insecurity and excitement. We got there, got settled in and I started to feel my insecurities overwhelm me….I just didn’t feel good enough. My teammates didn’t let that last long, as they began giving words of encouragement. The day was actually amazing, and I am so proud of myself for what I have accomplished, but it left me wanting more! Jim put his arm around me and asked me what I thought about doing it again and I said “on one condition ….I want a 300 pound deadlift!” He laughed and said “I don’t see why that can’t be done”. I smiled and thought here comes a helluva lot of hard work but I am ready for it!! I WANT IT!
There is not a day that I don’t feel grateful for this man ….he pushes me just enough to want more for myself. I am not sure if he realizes what an impact he and my teammates have made on me. Through my insecurities, (especially about the onesie), I do not regret any of it for one minute and I WILL get that 300 pound deadlift! All of you who feel like you could never do something like this…neither did I! I got mine … now COME GET YOURS!